Police service dog; "Hammer" aids in DC manhunt and arrest

A pair of men were tracked with dogs through Dawson Creek. On July 14, 2020, Dawson Creek RCMP were on patrol when they observed a vehicle leaving a residence known to be associated with drugs.

The involved vehicle was followed to a local business at which officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle failed to stop and drove away in a dangerous manner and at a high rate of speed, striking the side of a parked vehicle as it sped away. Two suspects were observed within the vehicle as it sped away.

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Given the risk to the general public, officers did not pursue but were able to establish a direction of travel. With the help of witnesses pointing officers in the right direction, patrols soon located the vehicle parked in a residential neighborhood.

A suspect; well known to police, was identified walking away from the vehicle and was immediately arrested.

Police Service Dog; "Hammer" and his partner; Cst. Quanstrom were called to the scene. A scent track was established which immediately lead to the identification of a second suspect hiding nearby. He was also arrested.

   Sheldon Caldwell (49yrs) has been charged with Possession of Break-in Tools.

   Alan Renouf (39yrs) has been charged with Flight from Police and Dangerous Driving.

Both men have been released pending their first court appearance.


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